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Anyone wishing to submit forage samples for animal feed analysis should mail samples to the NCDA&CS Food & Drug Protection Division at the following address: Forage Testing, NCDA&CS, 1070 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1070. If using FedEx or UPS, please send to Forage Testing, NCDA&CS, 4000 Reedy Creek Rd., Raleigh, NC 27607. Call (919) 733-7366 for more.

Farm feed forage testing costs $10 per sample. The plant tissue analysis service offered through the NCDA&CS Agronomic Division provides nutrient information related to crop fertilization not animal nutrition.

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The N.C. State Beekeepers Association will host its Summer Conference July 10-12 at Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst. Workshop topics will focus on queen rearing, healing with honey, removing bees from structures, cooking with honey and more. A banquet will be held Friday evening and vendors will have bee-related items and equipment on display and for sale. For more, contact Charles Heatherly, (919) 859-6992 or e-mail at heath7@bellsouth.net.

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The Carolina Feed Industry Association’s 71st Annual Convention will be held July 24-26 at the Embassy Suites Kingston Plantation in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Program topics include a national update, biofeed initiatives in North Carolina and an update on an N.C. State University Feed Mill. Cost is $200 for members. To register or for more information contact Bonnie Holloman at bonnieholloman@bellsouth.net or Cathy Price at cathyprice@bellsouth.net.

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The Joyful Noise Open Horse Series will be held at 4-T Stables in Lewisville July 26, Aug. 23, Sept. 27 and Oct. 25 featuring English, Western and gaming divisions. The event includes youth, open and amateur classes. For more, contact Joyful Noise Farm at (336) 786-9130 or (336) 429-6240.

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The election of pork producer delegate candidates for the 2009 National Pork Producers (Pork Act) Delegate Body will take place at 1 p.m. Aug. 12, in conjunction with the Board of Directors meeting of the N.C. Pork Council at the University Club in Raleigh. All pork producers are invited to attend.

Any producer, who is a resident of the state and has paid all assessments due may be considered as a delegate candidate and/or participate in the election. All eligible producers are encouraged to bring with them a sales receipt proving that hogs were sold in their name and the checkoff deducted. For more information, contact the N.C. Pork Council, 2300 Rexwoods Drive, Suite 340, Raleigh, NC 27607 or call (919) 781-0361.

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Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler is hosting the fourth annual AgFIRST! symposium from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19. The event, titled “Providing Safe Food for Healthy Families in a Global Economy,” will take place in the Kerr Scott Building at the State Fairgrounds.

Featured speakers will include Dr. David Acheson, assistant commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and Sean Kennedy, director of the National Center for Food Safety and Defense. Admission is free, but registration is required. To register or learn more, go to www.ncagr.com/agfirst.

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The Johnston County Horse Show Series features monthly horse shows starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Johnston County Livestock Arena in Smithfield. A negative Coggins test is required for all horses. Cost is $7.50 per class. Following are upcoming show dates: Aug. 30, Oct. 25 and Nov. 22. Rain dates for all shows are the following day. For more, contact Michele McLaughlin, (919) 934-1344 or e-mail sileeno@ipass.net.

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Boothill Farm in Chapel Hill will host Hunter shows the third Saturdays in September, October and November beginning at 9 a.m. The rain date for the shows is the third Sunday. Fee is $10 per class. For more information, go to www.boothillfarm.com or call (919) 967-2994.

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The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services encourages livestock producers to register their farms with the NCFarmID program. NCFarmID is a voluntary program to register farms for a national identification number as a way to protect livestock in the event of a disease outbreak. For more, contact NCDA&CS at (919) 715-2951 or go to www.NCFarmID.com.

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The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Veterinary Division is looking for small or large backyard or independent poultry flocks to test for avian influenza throughout the state. A minimum of 10 birds per flock would be tested by oral swabs four times each year at no cost to the owner. This program is to maintain surveillance for bird flu in North Carolina. Bird owners with questions can contact Dr. Sarah Mason or Dr. Jimmy Tickel at (919) 733-7601.

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The 15th annual Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair will be held Oct. 24-26 at the WNC Agricultural Center in Fletcher. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Oct. 24 and 25, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 26. The event features fiber animals, workshops, demonstrations and vendors. Cost is $3. For more, contact Teri Gabic, (864) 468-4220 or Shirley Thobe, (828) 337-9032.

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NCDA&CS Public Affairs Division, Brian Long, Director
Mailing Address:1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1001
Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh NC 27601
Phone: (919) 707-3001; FAX: (919) 733-5047